- May 1, 1786 - Opening night of the opera The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna.
- May 15, 1947 - The London Philharmonic Choir débuts at the Royal Albert Hall
- May 17, 1846 - The saxophone is patented by Adolphe Sax.
- May 23, 1969 - Rock band The Who release Tommy, the first rock opera.
- May 30, 1964 - Wynonna Judd, an American country music singer, is born.